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Destroyed my WordPress theme


The day before yesterday, I tried to enter the date format that appears on posts as this: “[year] 年 [month] 月 [day] 日”. The theme obviously didn’t like it and decided to completely reset to default. I thought I had backups but as sods’ law would have it they didn’t work when I needed them. So I’m stuck with the web-design disaster you now see until I find time to redo it all.

If anyone’s interested, the error occurred on WordPress 3.4.1 with the theme Atahualpa 3.7.7. I’m guessing it’s because the database or code for the theme wasn’t set up to handle UTF8 characters and freaked out when I tried to use them. Lessons learned:

  • The world of computing still isn’t up to speed with UTF-8.
  • Make more backups and use a variety of back-up options in case one fails.
  • Never delete backups (I know I used to have an exported copy of the theme’s settings, but I either or lost it or deleted it because I had other backups anyway)

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  • http://www.chinesetolearn.com/ Shu

    Your new website appearance looks very nice, blue and white! Just the top, the ad and the site title seem jam a bit. Did you switch themes?

    • http://eastasiastudent.net/about Hugh Grigg

      I didn’t change theme, I’ve just modified the previous one to this set up. Going to leave it like this: a lot cleaner, more minimalist.

      By jam do you mean they don’t suit each other, are that they actually overlap each other?

  • http://www.chinesetolearn.com/ Shu

    For the last letter for student, the t got covered half of it, and for the second line Korean, the last two letters– an– for Korean not showing got covered by the ad. That is how I see it from my browser, maybe you see differently?

  • http://eastasiastudent.net/about Hugh Grigg

    Yeah I’m not seeing that at all in Firefox or Chrome. What OS and browser are you using?

  • http://www.chinesetolearn.com/ Shu

    Mac, Firefox and Chrome.
    It is just a slight one, don’t worry about it. Have fun blogging.

    • http://eastasiastudent.net/about Hugh Grigg

      I booted up Windows and got the behaviour you described in Chrome and IE, so I’ve edited the font sizes to fix it. Weird that Linux had its own way of displaying it.

      Thanks for pointing it out!

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